precedeverb [ T ]uk /prɪˈsiːd/ us /priːˈsiːd/
Kofi Annan preceded Ban Ki-moon as the Secretary-General of the UN.
- This evening's talk will be preceded by a brief introduction from Mr Appleby.
- Verbs usually precede objects in English.
- The attacks were preceded by a period of unrest in the capital city.
- He preceded Dennis Healey as the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
- I'm not sure if I fully understand the sentence which precedes this one.